Optical 17 Feb 2008

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Mon Feb 18 2008 - 14:27:46 UTC

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    Observations 17 Feb 2008:
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration.
    
    Used with 200mm focal length f/2.5 lens,integrating for 128 frames
    which is equivalent to an exposure of 2.56 seconds per image.
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    For CLASSIFIED.TLE:
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    90055 96 750A   0433 F 20080217182029900 56 15 0613470+111517 39  +115 05
    90055 96 750A   0433 F 20080217182957900 56 15 0622090+111804 39  +105 05
    90078 07 835A   0433 F 20080217191303700 56 15 0323120+044916 39  +080 05
    90078 07 835A   0433 F 20080217191556200 56 15 0326130+045028 39  +120 05
    
    Strays seen
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    Delta 2 R/B  +5.0 steady
    21228 91 028B   0433 F 20080217181302400 56 15 0433580+163106 39  +050 05
    Afristar geostationary
    25515 98 063A   0433 F 20080217184320000 56 15 0556510+052958 39  +115 05
    Eutelsat W3 geostationary
    25673 99 018A   0433 F 20080217184320000 56 15 0559380+053246 39  +115 05
    OPS 1920 steady
    02481 66 089A   0433 F 20080217201426200 56 15 0607210+075825 39  +060 05
    Nova 2
    19223 88 052A   0433 F 20080217185136000 56 15 0605360+052401 39  +075 05
    SL-6 R/B(2) 4760 km range mag +7.5- 9.0 variable
    15830 85 049D   0433 F 20080217185351200 56 15 0602090+052503 39  +075 05
    Cosmos 272
    03818 69 024A   0433 F 20080217190305900 56 15 0614570+054858 39  +055 05
    Interball Aurora range 4280 kms variable
    24293 96 050C   0433 F 20080217202313600 56 15 0658290+130349 39  +065 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) Moon too bright so abandoned tracking as geostationaries too faint.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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